The economic news for Hawaii is no news, really: Island residents have been hearing about how the construction boom and all the growth leveled off for some time. Unemployment is ticking up slightly but still low. The real worry lines are coming from the mainland. On Tuesday, analysts were reporting that all the trade tensions, as well as a dip in economic data, are threatening U.S. growth and profits.
And if this condition is catching, well, Hawaii folks had better watch their dollars and cents.
High tides and jellyfish
With the first official day of summer weeks away, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued its annual forecast for the year’s highest tides along Oahu’s south shore: 36 days with peak high tides above 2.2 feet in June, July and August, with wash possibly covering beaches from Ala Moana through Waikiki to Diamond Head.
Beachgoers also should keep an eye on the box jellyfish calendar, as beaches can be inundated about eight days after a full moon. On Monday — a high-probability sting day — jellies tagged nearly 1,000 people on Oahu’s south, west and north shores. The next high-probability stretch: June 24-26.